Can Hard Drives Make Ocassional Clicks When Not In Use or Idle?

arz

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I have a brand new Toshiba X300 5 GB 72000 RPM "Performance Drive" that's used for storage of large data files. I hardly access it, and according to task manager no programs are reading/writing in the background on that drive. The active time is consistently at 0 according to Task Manager. The issue is that I keep hearing a small click once every 30 seconds to a minute and was wondering if this is from the drive. I scanned the drive for errors and it came back fine.

Do drives not in use still move and make noise occasionally? The only other thing I can think of the click coming from is the Kraken X62 cooler I use, but that doesn't seem likely as it sounds more like a hard drive click. People have said there have heard clicks with the Kraken that are caused by air bubbles.

It's not a big deal but obviously I'd prefer it didn't click now that I've expected to hear it.
 

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Yep, hard drives makes all sorts of noises all sorts of times. This and the earth is round are pretty well known and established facts.

BTW how do you determine for a fact that the clicking is from the HDD and not your Kraken? Both are making intermittent clicking sounds, so how do you separate them out?
 

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I'm not 100% certain, I will unplug the power the HD and see what happens later today when I have the tools necessary to open the case.
 

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